Ivan Edward Lauderbaugh, 88, of Bemidji, MN died Saturday, February 20, 2021 at his home.Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the Evangelical Free Church in Bemidji, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Services will be live streamed at www.efcbemidji.org. Interment will be in the Spring at the Calvary Cemetery in Bemidji, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji. He was born on June 19, 1932 in Lewiston, ID, to Ivan C. and Esther (Sounder) Lauderbaugh. Ivan’s parents had gone to Idaho looking for work during the Great Depression and stayed there for four years and then returned to Bemidji and lived on Stoner Avenue, and then in 1947 in the Carr Lake Community where they ran a dairy farm. Ivan was educated at the original Lincoln School and the Bemidji High School, where he graduated in 1950. He then attended Oak Hills Christian Training School and graduated in 1954. He was drafted in 1954, and spent his Army time in Heidelberg, Germany until 1956. He was fully and honorably discharged from the Military in 1962. In May of 1956 he married his sweetheart Elaine Marie Norvold, and then began his college education at BSU. He graduated with a degree in 1960, and then began teaching English at the Hutchinson High School. In 1961 he began teaching English at the Walker High School and taught there for 30 years, until he retired in 1991. He received his Master’s Degree in English at BSU in 1969, plus other credits. Ivan also did Pastorate work at the Carr Lake Chapel and at the Nary Community Church and at the Guthrie Chapel, and did fill-in preaching in many churches and chapels in Northern MN during much of his teaching career. While in Germany he began a youth program and an adult fellowship in his free time. Ivan enjoyed speaking in public, and his messages always contained his special humor and insights, with many homespun illustrations. He gave eulogies at seven different funerals. He and Elaine purchased a farm in Benedict in 1965, and lived there for ten years, and raised four children there before purchasing the Carr Lake Chapel in Bemidji in 1976 and making it into a home. Their first son Timothy was handicapped and they needed space for wheelchair ramps and wider doors which were built into the chapel space. After retirement he worked for MJB, and also for Progressive Health, and in his spare time worked on a family ancestry which he published first in 2012, and then had two following editions. The 3rd edition was 578 pages with over 750 photos. It was his labor of love for his family. He entitled his book Side by Side in reference to a song his parents used to sing. He handled two estates, and also enjoyed working with his hands in his garage workshops. Ivan dearly loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, his four brothers, his four sisters, and his parents whom he did his best to care for especially in their latter days. He enjoyed any time he could spend with his family; and he loved and appreciated his many friends and relatives. He was a generous and creative man who cared for others, and tried to see the good in each human. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Esther Lauderbaugh, two infant brothers, in 2015 his son Timothy, in 2020 his grandson Josh Bahr, and in 2021 his daughter Jodi Lauderbaugh. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elaine, his son Les (Tessa) Lauderbaugh, his daughter Joy (Kent) Bahr, his 7 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, his sisters; Delores (Melvin) Christiansen, Barbara (El) Schefers, Joan (Dean) Strebow, Linda Lauderbaugh, his brothers; Stanley (Anne) Lauderbaugh, Bruce (Becky) Lauderbaugh, John (Jean) Lauderbaugh, and Daniel (Carol) Lauderbaugh. Condolences may be left at ceasefuneralhome.com.
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